Union College facts and figures - more on Union 2010 Profile
Founded in 1795 as the first planned campus in the United States, Union is a highly selective, private, liberal arts college with engineering that is consistently ranked among the nation’s top colleges. Set on 100 acres in downtown Schenectady, N.Y., including eight acres of formal gardens and woodland known as Jackson’s Garden, Union is within easy reach of New York City, Boston and Montreal, rural areas and major East Coast ski slopes.
Union offers nearly 1,000 courses in the humanities, the social sciences, the sciences, and engineering - a range that is unusual among America's highly-selective colleges.
Major fields of study may be centered in one of 20 academic departments. Or, a student may choose an interdepartmental major involving work in two or more departments; an organized interdisciplinary program; or a personally designed major.
Union College's 100-acre campus sits east of historic downtown Schenectady on a rise once known as Nistiquona Hill. The distinctive campus centerpiece, the 16-sided Nott Memorial (1875), is a National Historic Landmark and a center for lectures, conferences, exhibits and study.
Athletic facilities include Frank Bailey Field, an all-weather athletic field and track with new stadium-style seating and large press box; the Frank Messa Rink and new Travis J. Clark ’00 Strength Training Center at Achilles Center; the Viniar Athletic Center, housing the men's and women's basketball and volleyball programs; Alumni Gymnasium, home of the Breazzano Fitness Center, athletic offices and college pool; and Memorial Fieldhouse, a multi-use facility.
There are a wide variety of student groups that students may join while at Union College. Any member of the the Undergraduate student body may join any club or organizaiton, and participate in the group's sponsored activities. All clubs and organizations are led by students for students.
All students belong to a Minerva House, seven lively hubs for academic, social, residential and leadership activities. There are 12 student-run theme houses, 100 campus clubs, 16 fraternities and sororities, and community service opportunities in Schenectady and beyond.
Beyond the Campus
Students can explore Schenectady, where opportunities abound within an easy walk of Union's hillside campus. Enjoy a latte and browse the bookstores on the Jay Street pedestrian mall. Sample Schenectady's favorite food - Italian - in the city's dozens of restaurants, bakeries and cafes. See a show at Proctors, an old vaudeville theater that presents Broadway shows and other top-notch fare. Watch the sunset over the Mohawk River or stroll through the narrow streets of the historic Stockade neighborhood. And in the greater Capital Region, students may take their pick of world-class dining, culture, entertainment, shopping and outdoor life.
Union is a member of the ECAC Conference Hockey League, Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey. Athletes compete primarily in the NCAA Division III Liberty League (with Clarkson, Hamilton, Hobart and William Smith, RPI, University of Rochester, St. Lawrence, Skidmore and Vassar). A third of all students participate in intercollegiate sports. There are 25 varsity programs and intramural and recreational athletics.